wry

A wry sense of humor is a sarcastic one. You were late for work, stepped into a mud puddle, and you forgot your lunch. If your co-worker asks how your morning is going, you can reply with a wry tone, "Perfectly perfect."

The original use for the adjective wry was to describe something that was bent or twisted, so a sprained ankle could be described as "a wry ankle." Today, the word wry is often used to describe less tangible twists. Wry humor and wry wit both describe a sense of humor that is a little twisted from the norm.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: wry

1
adj
humorously sarcastic or mocking
2
adj
bent to one side
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: wry
1

adj humorously sarcastic or mocking

“with a wry Scottish wit”
Synonyms:
dry, ironic, ironical
humorous, humourous
full of or characterized by humor
2

adj bent to one side

“a wry neck”
Synonyms
crooked
having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
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